Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:45 pm

E-Learning/ online training involves the dissemination of Knowledge via an internet-enabled device from the comfort of a user’s home/location. The digital revolution and evolution of technology have transformed we study and learn. Unlike previously where going to class was once king, learners can now get access to learning materials and study tools that were initially only accessible from the vicinity of the classroom. Online learning has trickled down to art classes which artists and art enthusiast can now find online.

Learning to paint and draw from the comfort of your own home can be extremely fun as it allows you to explore your creativity to the maximum. Nevertheless, when choosing an art class, it is vital that you consider your present skill level. Once you have defined if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, you can pick a course that is relevant to you. It is also great if you can verify who your tutor to be is before enrolling to the class. So that you can be sure that the person teaching has valid credentials and is capable of delivering what you require, check reviews such as this one for additional surety. Without further ado, here are some of the best online art classes that you should consider joining.

 

Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style by Yuko Shimizue

Intro

Delivered through the Skillshare platform, this Ink Drawing Techniques class starts off our list best online art classes. Delivered by Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizue, this class will teach you the basics of essential ink and drawing techniques. The class covers several topics including Asian vs. watercolor brushes, sketching and scanning essentials, basic brush, nib, and ink techniques, differences between types of papers and inks and so much more. It comprises of fifteen ninety-minute classes and is ideal for all skill levels. The insights from this course are invaluable.

Pros

The cost of getting the course is affordable. And at the time of writing, new users of the Skillshare platform get a month free trial offer that they can cancel as they wish.

Cons

Users must purchase a Skillshare subscription, which can be annoying and inconveniencing since some people may be interested in purchasing the course separately.

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Will Kemp’s “How to Paint: Absolute Beginners Acrylics Course”

Intro

According to the course brochure, this online art class by Will Kemp is designed for individuals who “dream of becoming an artist but keeps putting it off until you have more time.”

I don’t know about you, but I would gladly take up a course by an award-winning artist who runs his art gallery. The course is designed to give you insights into the practicalities of working with acrylic paints and how you as a beginner can effectively learn how to paint with a medium that is thought to be the simplest way for novices to learn how to paint. During the three and a half hour course you learn various things ranging from color mixing, brush-handling, and palette-knife techniques, gels, and mediums amongst other things and upon completion, Will encourages his students to create three different paintings namely a still-life, landscape, and seascape all of which have to be achieved three different color palettes. You can choose between streaming or downloading the class that has seven video lessons and downloadable reference material that you can use.

Pros

You receive lifetime access to the course and can download it on multiple devices.

Cons

Even though the class has reference material and the tutor encourages students actually to try out some practical tasks, student do not receive feedback on their work.

Students with more advanced skills will not learn much from this course, and it, therefore, recommended that they opt for a different course.

Students will have to purchase their materials; however, they receive a full list of the materials that they require.

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Activating the Canvas with Nancy Hillis

Intro

If you have always been curious about abstract painting and would like to learn about it unconventionally then this course by Nancy Hillis an abstract painter will teach you how to loosen Up Your Abstract Paintings, experiment and discover a new perspective for your art. The class consists of written modules and video materials that will systematically guide you through the process of reviewing your inner mindset and landscape. The class is ideal for artists of all levels as it focuses more on unleashing your creativity rather than actual techniques. According to Nancy, students will learn “exciting ways to create bold, raw, immediate and alive paintings by activating the canvas intuitively.”

Pros

The class is self-paced, which means you can do it at your convenience.

The mix of learning materials, i.e., video and written, makes the course dynamic and not dull.

Cons

The course is slightly more expensive than the previously mentioned classes.

It focuses mainly on creativity rather than art/painting techniques so unless that is what you are seeking to get out of an art lesson we would recommend looking into other courses.

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Charcoal Drawing with Aaron Blaise

Intro

Aaron Blaise’s name may not be familiar, but you have probably heard or seen some of Disney’s famous films such as Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Brother Bear. If any of those three films are familiar to you, then you will be excited by the fact that Aaron was once one of the animators behind the films. Even though Aron is not at Disney anymore, you can still learn from his through his Charcoal Drawing class where he teaches students how to draw a charcoal drawing of a lioness. The drawing takes place in real-time for over 5 hours and 30 minutes, and you can follow along from your home. Blaise does an excellent job of keeping students engaged with insightful and informative commentary. The class covers elements such as how & when to use different types of charcoal, rough sketching, drawing light & shadows, using kneaded eraser & charcoal powder, shading & toning, drawing fur, using “white” charcoal and he basically makes it easy to follow. Aaron has an encouraging teacher tone that is not condescending and is likely to resonate well with students.

Pros

The class price is quite fair and within reason.

The quality of the class is top tier as students see and hear his thought process throughout the development of the piece.

The tutorial videos are in HD quality.

Cons

The class is not ideal for complete novices since it requires some necessary drawing skills for a student to keep up.

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Visual Arts Passage

Intro

Taught by several working professionals such as Jon Foster, Michael Bierek, Audrey Benjaminsen, and George Pratt, the visual Arts passage is an online art mentorship program for individuals seeking a career in the art industry. The course contains varying courses from developing fundamental art skills to getting your portfolio ready for the art world. The lessons are delivered by world-class professionals in real-time and are typically very interactive. The classes are usually very small and intimate to allow every student to participate in the challenging foundations’ course, and lessons in entertainment and game art, and illustration.

Pros

Each applicant is allowed a one on one portfolio review with the course’s tutor.

The course bridges the gap between art students and professionals and gets the student to be industry ready.

The intimate nature of the class makes it an excellent tool for personalized learning.

Cons

The classes are expensive. They are, however, worth it given the insights that students acquire.

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CG Spectrum

Intro

From concept art, visual effects, compositing, game design, 3D modeling and animation, CG spectrum has designed their courses to get students industry ready while they curve their creative path. The classes take place in the form of live lessons in small five student groups. However, students can opt for individual mentoring and will be matched with a dedicated industry professional/ guru such as Jack Collinge and Craig Elliot, who are expected to be available for students.

Pros

Students receive help with acquiring employment through GG Spectrums network nurturing program.

The course is ideal for any student regardless of their skill level.

Cons

The course has live lessons, which means that if a student is unavailable, they will miss out on the interactive class.

The class is expensive, and the cost increases is a student opts for one on one more personalized classes.

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Final Thoughts

Online art classes are merely a guide to getting you to become the artist that you envision. Various online art courses deliver different lessons, and each class has its own unique set of offerings. It is essential that when picking the course, you thoroughly review it and check what materials you will need for the course. Even though the online delivery of lessons has made learning significantly cheaper, art class materials can affect the cost of the classes. The above courses are some of the best courses in the market but ensure that they meet your bottom line. We hope that this article was insightful as you begin your self-taught arts journey.

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